George, I gotta be honest I have two of these 38/44 HD's from the 1930's and I bought em cheap many years ago, cause I liked the way these old N-frames with the enclosed ejector rod housing and the half moon sight looked. I only have shot them with the FBI +P load as far as top end 38 special loads go, and except for a somewhat milder recoil as compared to the lighter k-frame revolvers, I have nothing electrafying to report. - That said, when these were in vogue with law enforcement, the factory 38/44 was reputed to spit out its bullets at todays 357 magnum velocities; which is a whole lot different than the FBI load mentioned. There were metal piercing bullets available for this gun that would penetrate car sheet metal of the period and was reputed to shoot through early bulletproof vests. I suppose as a hand-loader you could work up some duplicate loads to match the original loading - this would in effect give you a fixed sight 357 magnum, recoil taming N-frame.